Implementation: The Missing Link in University Planning


  • Barbara S. Fuhrman Louisiana State University
  • Evelyn A. Jez Virginia Commonwealth University


University Planning, Implementation, Strategic Planning


Although planning has gained importance at universities across the country, insufficient attention to the issues of implementation has caused many well-laid plans to become lost on shelves rather than becoming the bases for either academic or operational decisions. Between 1991and1993, Virginia Commonwealth University developed a comprehensive and detailed strategic plan designed to direct the university through the decade. Following the adoption of the plan, the provost and the director of academic planning created a process and strategies for guiding and insuring implementation of the plan, including its 15 broad strategic directions and 162 more specific objectives.